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FFRPL, Central Library and all City Branches will be closed:

Memorial Day: Monday, May 27

Juneteenth: Wednesday, June 19

Independence Day: Thursday, July 4

note: in addition, (just) Central Library will be closed Thursday, May 9 for staff training

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FFRPL is the 501(c)(3) charity that raises funds, presents programssupports special projectshelps create specialized spaces, and purchases supplemental materials & equipment for the Rochester Public Library.

Books Sandwiched In

One of FFRPL’s most popular programs, Books Sandwiched In (BSI) has been running continuously since 1956.

Watch archived BSI reviews on the RPL YouTube Channel at ‘Rochester Public Library NY’

Spring 2024

Watch the review of The Wingmen held March 5

See Jim Holleran’s PowerPoint presentation

Watch the review of All You Have to Do is Call  held March 12

Watch the review of The Rediscovery of America held March 19

Watch the review of The Wager held March 26

Watch the review of The Leg held April 2

Watch the review of Crossings held April 9

Watch the review of Thicker Than Water held April 16

Fall 2023

Watch the review of “Shakespeare Was a Woman” held Sept. 26.

Watch the review of “A Fever in the Heartland” held Oct. 3 (note: audio begins just before the 9 minute mark)

The BSI review of  “Poverty, By America” was held October 10. (no recording is available)

Watch the review of “Look for Me There” held on October 17.

Watch the review of “The Diamond Eye” held October 24.

Spring 2023

Watch the review of Paul Newman: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man held March 28

Watch the review of Visual Thinking held April 4

Watch the review of Before We Were Trans held April 11

Watch review of One Hundred Saturdays held April 18

Note: there was no BSI review 4/25.

Video is forthcoming for the review of An Immense World held May 2

Watch the review of Demon Copperhead held May 9

Watch the review of Who’s Raising the Kids held May 16

Fall 2022

Watch the review of “The Violence Project” held Sept. 27

View/download the handout about mass shootings from “The Violence Project” review

Watch the review of “Left on Tenth” held Oct. 11

Watch the review of “What the Ermine Saw” held Oct. 18

Watch the review of “Undelivered” held Nov. 8

Watch the review of “Under the Skin” held Nov. 15

View/download Dr. Clark’s PowerPoint presentation here.

Watch the review of “The Most Fun Thing” held Nov. 22

Spring 2022

Fall 2021

Spring 2021 BSI Spring 2021 was online only.

Fall 2020 BSI Fall 2020 was online only.

Spring 2020 BSI Spring 2020 was online only.

Spring and Fall 2019

Spring and Fall 2018

Spring and Fall 2017

Spring and Fall 2016